Respite care beds slashed by coun­cil

Macclesfield Express - - REMEMBRANCE - KAREN BRITTON

AMOVE to close Hollins View and slash the num­ber of respite care beds from 72 to 19 has been de­fended by the coun­cil.

Cheshire East plans to close Hollins View, which pro­vides res­i­den­tial respite care, at the end of the year, de­spite an ap­peal by the Ex­press and cam­paign which in­cluded pe­ti­tions with 2,000 sig­na­tures.

Lin­coln House in Crewe will also shut and care will be pro­vided in in­de­pen­dent care homes.

Cam­paign­ers hoped a meet­ing of the health and adult so­cial care scru­tiny com­mit­tee last week (Thurs­day, Novem­ber 5) would be a last chance for mem­bers to keep Hollins View open. But chair­man Jos Saun­ders said it wasn’t in the scope of the meet­ing to re­visit the de­ci­sion.

Coun­cil­lors heard from Jean Ben­nett, from Mac­cles­field, who cares for her dad Clif­ford Og­den who has de­men­tia and en­joys stays at Hollins View. She said Hollins View pro­vides good qual­ity 24 hour care and she is con­cerned she still has not been told where he will go when it shuts.

The meet­ing heard the ten­der process to buy respite beds is nearly com­plete and the homes will be named next week. It’s not clear how many beds will be in Mac­cles­field or how much they will cost.

There will only be 19 pre-book­able respite beds across the bor­ough, com­pared to the 72 beds at Hollins View, Lin­coln House and Mountview in Con­gle­ton - which has al­ready shut.

Coun Laura Jeuda, who is against the clo­sure, said she is con­cerned about a ‘care cri­sis’ across the coun­try.

She said: “I’m con­cerned there are go­ing to be so few beds avail­able. We have got two respite care homes which peo­ple are happy with and peo­ple don’t know where they will go. One per­son told me I would visit a ken­nel a few times be­fore send­ing my dog there, but I’m be­ing asked to hang on, wait for where I’m told to go and that’s where my hus­band will go. We will leave a lot of car­ers un­sup- ported.”

Coun Janet Clowes, port­fo­lio holder for adults, health and leisure, told coun Jeuda she was ‘overex­ag­ger­at­ing’.

She said: “When we looked at peo­ple us­ing the three homes we found that a lot of the res­i­den­tial respite was not be­ing taken up. There were a lot of long term pa­tients who should be cared for else­where.

“The need is 5,000 bed nights a year and we’ve bought 19 beds which is 7,000 bed nights. We can now of­fer res­i­den­tial and nurs­ing so it’s a bet­ter range of care.”

●● Hollins View Com­mu­nity Sup­port Cen­tre

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